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“Col­lege Foot­ball” (6:30 p.m., NBC): To stay alive in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off dis­cus­sion, the Notre Dame Fight­ing Ir­ish will have to keep win­ning, and win big. Se­nior wide­out Miles Boykin has been help­ing them do just that and will be called on again tonight when the Ir­ish host the Florida State Semi­noles. As an in­de­pen­dent, Notre Dame will not play in a con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game. They’ll be chal­lenged by both Syra­cuse and USC to close out their sea­son.

“The Bridge on the River Kwai” (4 p.m., TCM): Air­ing as part of TCM’s Vet­er­ans Day week­end lineup of war films, David Lean’s clas­sic 1957 adap­ta­tion of the Pierre Boulle novel earned seven Os­cars, in­clud­ing best pic­ture and di­rec­tor. Alec Guin­ness was named best ac­tor for his por­trayal of a Bri­tish colonel lead­ing fel­low pris­on­ers of war in build­ing a rail­road bridge for the Ja­pa­nese. An Amer­i­can of­fi­cer (Wil­liam Holden) schemes to de­stroy it.

“When You Wish Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Spe­cial” (6 p.m., HBO): Sea­son 49 of the chil­dren’s se­ries is sched­uled to launch next week­end, but this 50-minute stand-alone spe­cial makes a de­light­ful pre­lude for the up­com­ing new episodes. The story re­volves around a mys­te­ri­ous pickle that ap­pears to have un­canny pow­ers, be­cause when it is de­liv­ered to Sesame Street, neigh­bor­hood friends Elmo, Abby and Bert are de­lighted to see their wishes start­ing to come true.

“Cloud 9” (7 p.m., Dis­ney): Dove Cameron (“Liv & Mad­die”) stars in this fam­ily-friendly new drama as Kayla, a prima donna snow­boarder whose team dumps her. She’s forced to train with Will (Luke Ben­ward, “Good Luck Char­lie”), a for­mer cham­pion branded as a fail­ure af­ter a ca­reer-end­ing wipe­out, and she be­comes as help­ful to him as he is to her. Jef­frey Nordling (“Body of Proof”) also stars.

“It’s Christ­mas, Eve” (7 p.m., Hall­mark): In­terim school su­per­in­ten­dent Eve Mor­gan (LeAnn Rimes) makes her liv­ing trav­el­ing around and try­ing to turn around the for­tunes of fail­ing schools, but she’s sur­prised when she is as­signed to visit one in her home­town. In the course of events there, she meets sin­gle dad Liam Bai­ley (Tyler Hynes), head of the school’s mu­sic depart­ment, which is cling­ing to life by a thread. For­tu­nately for him, mu­sic is close to Eve’s heart.

“Love, Si­mon” (7 p.m., 10:30 p.m., HBO): Greg Ber­lanti di­rected this feel-good 2018 charmer that is no­table for be­ing the first film by a ma­jor Hollywood stu­dio to fo­cus on a gay teen ro­mance. Nick Robinson stars as sub­ur­ban At­lanta teenager Si­mon Spier, who is well-liked by his class­mates. They don’t know that Si­mon is gay, but a class­mate dis­cov­ers Si­mon’s se­cret when Si­mon ex­changes e-mails with an­other clos­eted stu­dent.

Miles Boykin

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